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THE LIFE OF 

HOMAS BODLEY 

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THE LIFE OF 



Sir THOMAS BODLEY 



WRITTEN BY HIMSELF 




Privately reprinted for JOHN LANE 
and his friends. Christmas 1894. 



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INTRODUCTION 




jN sending out to my friends 
this reprint of the rare little 
Life of S r Thomas Bodley^ 
c written by himselfe,' my 
motive for selecting this par- 
ticular work for the purpose will be suffi- 
ciently obvious to them : what may be likely 
to cause more speculation would, however, 
be unaccounted for without this prefatory 
note — viz., my reasons for selecting Bodley 
as the patron saint of my business. 

I have always been in doubt whether 
the writing of a great book or the capacity 

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to appreciate it were the finest thing in the 
world ; but I am convinced that next in im- 
portance after the writing and the appreciating 
is the publishing of it. It was this which 
led me to regard the starting of a publishing 
business as a thing to be achieved sooner 
or later. 

In July 1887, in company with my friend 
Mr. R. W. Wilson of the British Museum, 
I was one day at an exhibition in the Rem- 
brandt Head Gallery in Vigo Street; and, 
casually asking the proprietor, Mr. Dunthorne, 
if he knew of any cosy little corner where a 
book-shop would be in fit setting, he at once 
rejoined that the premises in the same street, 
where he had originally hung up the sign of 
the Rembrandt Head, were vacant, and that 
he would be pleased to show them to me. I 
saw them, liked them, and at once made up 
my mind that here was the spot I had been 
looking for. c It should have a sign,' I 
mused : Mr. Dunthorne's had captivated me. 
The inspiration waited on the wish : it should 

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be The Bodley Head. Bodley, the most pious 
of founders ! Who could so fittingly be 
enshrined as patron ? Besides, Bodley was 
one of the most notable worthies of Devon, 
my native county, and had I needed a con- 
tributory motive, this would have been an 
ample one. 

Mr. C. Elkin Mathews was then in business 
at Exeter ; and as we had already arranged 
that when opportunity offered itself we should 
join forces, he came to London at once in 
response to my summons, saw and liked the 
place as much as I did. The premises were 
taken in Mr. Mathews' name, for I was not 
at first to take an aftive part, and we walked 
away discussing the future. 

c It should have a sign,' I said, 'and I 
have thought The Bodley Head is what it 
should be.' c The very same idea was in 
my own mind,' answered my partner, fresh 
from Exeter, Sir Thomas Bodley's birthplace ; 
and consumed as he was at the time with 
that passion for old literature which would, 

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Exeter even apart, have made the coincidence 
perfectly natural. So The Bodley Head it 
became. 

In 1888 I made the acquaintance of Mr. 
Richard Le Gallienne, and in 1889 mtro " 
duced him to Mr. Mathews, with the result 
that there shortly appeared the first book 
with the imprint of The Bodley Head, Mr. 
Le Gallienne's first published book, Volumes 
in Folio. 

Many others followed it, and in February 
1892 it seemed desirable that our partnership 
should be indicated in the style of the firm, 
and that I should devote the whole of my 
time to the business. 

About two years and a half later our seven 
years' partnership attained its term, and from 
October 1st 1894 we have been working 
apart. 

By mutual arrangement, for our separation 
was of a perfectly cordial character, the sign 
of The Bodley Head was transferred to my 
new offices opposite. 

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The very interesting copy of the Life on 
which this reprint is modelled was presented 
to me by Mr. Mathews. 

To Mr. G. F. Bodley, A.R.A., the well- 
known architect, a collateral descendant of 
Sir Thomas, I owe the opportunity of em- 
bellishing it with an engraving of the Bodley 
Medal, struck from the design of Jean Warin, 
of which only three copies are known to 
exist. 

To my friend Mr. Walter Blaikie, of the 
firm of T. and A. Constable of Edinburgh, 
I am grateful for the thought and care he 
has bestowed on this modern reprint of the 
original pamphlet, which, although larger in 
size, is here reproduced page for page and 
line for line, from type as befits the subject, 
and not by any modern process. 

For the photo-etchings of the medal and 
portrait I have to thank the Swan Electric 
Engraving Company, which has generously 
presented them to the book. 

I have not attempted to add anything fresh, 
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except the illustrations, though many interest- 
ing fadls might be gleaned ; but although 
later on occasion may present itself, here, it 
appears to me, such additions would be out 
of place. 

JOHN LANE. 



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THE LIFE OF 

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THE HONOVRABLE 

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To the Reader, 

f HEN the Great Reflorer of Learning^ 
our Munificent jBenefaftour^SirT 'ho- 
mas Bodley, made the happy Ex- 
change of the troubles of this life^ 
with the Glories of a better; The Vni- 
verfity, according to the greatnejfe of his merits^ 
and their lojfe^ in folemne griefe and fadnej/e y 
attended at his Obfequies. But left the uncha- 
ritable cenfure of the world Jhould apprehend our 
thankfulneffe buried in the fame grave with him^ and 
cold as his dead ajhes^ in that we pay no after tribute 
to fo engaging a defert ; VVe bring to the Altar of 
Eternity that part of him which yet^ and ever muft 
furvive. A Monument freed fro?n the lawes of time 
and ruine; Supported with the vigour of that name^ 
which hath a feminall flrength within it felfe y to 
make whole volumes live. But left the judging and 
fever er eye, viewing the nakedneffe of this r elation , 
may thence defpife the poorenefje of our endeavour : 
That I may fpeake the worke above allfcorne y above 
all praife ; it was his Owne. 3^or durft we call that 
draught in queftion, which felt the hand of fo exacl 
a Mafler ; but with awe lookt on it y as on thefabrique 
of an ancient Temple , where the ruine furthers our 
devotion; and gaudy ornaments doe but prophane the 

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fad religion of the place. ' Tis true, it favours not the 
language of our age, that hath the Art to murther 
with a smile, and fold a curfe within a prayer, hut 
fpeakes the %hetoricke of that better world, where 
vertue was the garbe, and truth the complement. 
Thofe aSiions are of low and empty worth, that can 
jhine onely when the varnijh of our words doth gild 
them over. The true Diamond fparkles in its rocke, 
and in defpight of darkeneffe makes a day. Here then 
you shall behold Actions with the fame integrity fet 
downe, as they were firft performed. A Hiflory de- 
fcriVd, as it was liv'd. A Councellour that admitted 
Jlill Religion to the Cabinet : and in his active aimes 
had a defigne on Heaven. A fpirit of that height, 
that happineffe, as in a private fortune to out-doe 
the fam 'd magnificence of mighty Princes : whiFJl his 
ftngle worke clouds the proud fame of the /Egyptian 
Library ; and Jhames the tedious growth dth weal- 
thy Vatican. / know how hard a taske ' } twill be to 
perfwadeany to copy out from this f aire patterne ; how- 
ever we cannot yet fo farre defpaire of ingenuity, as 
not to expecl even from tb' unconcerned difmtereffed 
%jader, a cleare ejleeme and jujl refentment of it. 
Ifwegaine but this, we Jh all in part refl fatisfied: In 
an age fo wholly lost to vice, conceiving it a great de- 
gree of vertue to confefje the luflre of that good which 
our perverfe endeavours flill avoyde. 

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THE LIFE OF SIR THO- 
MAS ( BOT>LET. 

Was borne at Exeter in T)e- 
vonjhire the fecond of March^ 
1544. defcended both by 
Father and Mother of wor- 
fhipfull parentage. By my Fa- 
thers fide, from an antient 
Family of Bod/ey, or llodleigh of T>unfcombe by 
Crediton \ and by my Mother, from c R^obert 
Hone Efquire, ofOtterey Saint Mary^ nine miles 
from Exeter \ my Father in the time of Queen 
Mary^ being noted and knowne to be an ene- 
my to Popery, was fo cruelly threatned, and 
fo narrowly obferved, by thofe that maliced 
his Religion, that for the fafeguard of him- 
felfe and my Mother, who was wholly affe- 
cted as my Father, he knew no way fo fecure, 
as to fly into Germany : where after a while 

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he found meanes to call over my Mother, 
with all his children and family, whom he 
fetled for a time at VVefell in Cleveland^ (for 
there, as then, were many Englilh, which had 
left their Country for their conscience, and 
with quietneffe enjoyed their meetings and 
preachings;) and from thence we removed to 
the Towne of Franckfort^ where was in like 
fort another Englifh Congregation. How- 
beit we made no long tarriance in either of 
thofe two Townes, for that my Father had 
refolved to fixe his abode in the City of Gene- 
va^ where, as farre as I remember, the Englifh 
Church conflfted of fome hundred perfons. 
I was at that time of twelve yeares age, but 
through my Fathers coft and care, fufficiently 
inftrudted to become an Auditour of Ch eva ~ 
lerius in Hebrew, of Herealdus in Greeke, of 
Calvin and < Be%a in Divinity, and of fome o- 
ther Profeffours in that Vniverfity, (which 
was newly then erected) befides my dome- 
fticall teachers, in the houfe of Thilibertus Sa- 
racenus^ a famous Phyfitian in that City, with 
whom I was boarded : where %jbertus Con- 
Jiantinus^ that made the Greeke Lexicon^ read 
Homer unto me. Thus I remained there two 

yeares 



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yeares and more, untill fuch time as our Nati- 
on was advertifed of the death of Queene Ma- 
ry^ & fuccefsion of Elizabeth^ with the change 
of Religion, which caufed my Father to ha- 
ften into England^ where he came with my 
Mother, and with all their family, within the 
firft of the Queene, and fetled their dwelling 
in the City of London. It was not long after, 
that / was fent away from thence to the Vni- 
verfity of Oxford^ recommended to the teach- 
ing and tuition of Doctour Humfrey^ who 
was fhortly after chofen the chiefe Reader in 
Divinity, and Prefident of Magdalen Col- 
ledge ; there / followed my ftudies till I tooke 
the degree of Batchelour of Arts, which was 
in the yeare, 1563. within which yeare I was 
alfo chosen Probationer of Merton Colledge, 
and the next yeare enfuing admitted Fellow. 
Afterwards, to wit in the yeare, 1565. by fpe- 
ciall perfwafion of fome of my fellowes, and 
for my private exercife, I undertooke the pub- 
lique reading of a Greeke lecture, in the fame 
Colledge Hall, without requiring or expe- 
cting any ftipend for it; Nevertheleffe it plea- 
fed the Fellowfhip of their owne accord to 
allow me foone after foure markes by the 
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yeare, and ever fince to continue that Le£ture 
to the Colledge. In the yeare of our Lord 
1566, I proceeded Mafter of Arts, and read 
for that yeare in the Schoole-ftreets Naturall 
Philofophy ; after which time, within lefle 
then three yeares fpace, I was wonne by in- 
treaty of my beft affe&ed friends, to ftand for 
the Proftourfhip, to which I and my Col- 
league, Mafter ^Bearblocke of Exeter Colledge, 
were quietly elected in the yeare 1569. with- 
out any competion or counterfuite of any o- 
ther. After this for a long time, I fupplyed the 
office of the Vniverfity Oratour, and beftow- 
ed my time in the ftudy of fundry faculties, 
without any inclination to profeffe any one a- 
boue the reft, infomuch as at laft I waxed de- 
firous to travell beyond the Seas, for attaining 
to the knowledge of fome fpeciall moderne 
tongues, and for the encreafe of my experi- 
ence in the managing of affaires, being 
wholly then addicted to employ my felfe, and 
all my cares, in the publique fervice of the 
State. My refolution fully taken I departed out 
of England Anno 1576. and continued very 
neare foure yeares abroad, and that in fundry 
parts of Italy ^ France , and Germany. A good 

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while after my returne, to wit, in the yeare 
1585. I was employed by the Queene to Fre- 
deric ke Father to the prefent King of D en- 
mar ke^ to Iulius Duke of Brunfwicke^to Willi- 
am Lantgrave of Hejfe, and other German 
Princes : the effecT: of my mefTage was, to 
draw them to joine their forces with hers, 
for giving affiftance to the King of Navarre 
now Henry the fourth King of France, my 
next employment was to Henry the third, at 
fuch time as he was forced by the Duke of 
Guife to fly out of Taris; which I performed in 
fuch fort, as I had in charge with extraordi- 
nary fecrecy : not being accompanied with a- 
ny one fervant (for fo much I was command- 
ed) nor with any other Letters, then fuch as 
were written with the Queenes owne hand, 
to the King, and fome fele&ed perfons about 
him ; the effect of that mefTage it is fit I mould 
conceale. But it tended greatly to the advan- 
tage, not onely of the King, but of all the Pro- 
teftants in France, & to the Dukes apparent o- 
verthrow, which alfo followed foon upon it. 
It fo befell after this, in the year 88. that for the 
better conduct of her Highnefle affaires in the 
Provinces united, I was thought a fit perfon 

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to refide in thofe parts, and was fent thereup- 
on to the Hague in Holland^ where according 
to the contract that had formerly paft, be- 
tweene her Highneffe and the States, I was 
admitted for one of their Councell of Eftate, 
taking place in their AfTemblies next to Count 
Maurice^ and yeilding my fuffrage in all that 
was propofed. During all that time what ap- 
probation was given of my painefull endea- 
vours by the Queene, Lords in England^ by 
the States of the Country there, and by all the 
Englifti Souldiery, I referre it to be notified 
by fome others relation ; fith it was not un- 
knowne to any of any calling, that then were 
acquainted with the State of that govern- 
ment. For at my firft comming thither, the 
people of that Country Hood in dangerous 
termes of difcontentment, partly for fome 
courfes that were held in England^ as they 
thought, to their Angular prejudice, but moft 
of all in refpecT: of the infolent demeanour of 
fome of her Highneffe Minifters, which one- 
ly refpec~r.ed their private emolument, little 
weighing in their dealing what the Queene 
had contracted with the States of the Coun- 
try; whereupon was conceived a mighty feare 

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on every fide, that both a prefent diflblution of 
the Contract would enfue, and a downright 
breach of amity betweene us and them. Now 
what meanes I fet a foot for redrefle of thofe 
perils, and by what degrees the ftate of things 
was reduced into order, it would require a 
long treatife to report it exactly; but this I may 
averre with modefty and truth, and the 
Country did alwaies acknowledge it with 
gratitude, that had I not of my felfe, without 
any direction from my Superiours, proceed- 
ed in my charge with extreame circumfpecti- 
on, as well in all my fpeeches and propofalls 
to the States, as in the tenour of my letters 
that I writ into England^ fome fuddaine a- 
larme had beene given, to the utter fubverfi- 
on and ruine of the State of thofe Provinces : 
which in procefle of time muft needs have 
wrought in all probability, the felf-fame ef- 
fect in the ftate of this Realme. Of this my di- 
ligence and care in the managing of my bufi- 
nes, there was, as I have fignified, very fpeci- 
all notice taken by the Queene and State at 
home, for which I received from her Majefty 
many comfortable Letters of her gracious ac- 
ceptance : as withall from that time forward 

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I did never receive allmoft any fet inftrufli- 
ons how to governe my proceedings in her 
Majefties occafions, but the carriage in a man- 
ner of all her affaires was left to mee and my 
direction. Through this my long abfence 
out of England, which wanted very little of 
five whole yeares, my private eftate did 
greatly require my fpeedy returne, which 
when I had obtained by interceffion of 
friends, and a tedious fuite, I could enjoy but a 
while, being fhortly after enjoyned to repaire 
to the Hague againe. Neverthelefle upon a 
certaine occafion to deliver unto her fome fe- 
cret overtures, and of performing thereupon 
an extraordinary fervice, I came againe home 
within lefle then a Twelve-moneth : and I 
was no fooner come, but her Highneffe em- 
bracing the fruit of my difcoveries, I was pre- 
fently commanded to returne to the States 
with charge to purfue thofe affaires to perfor- 
mance, which I had fecretly propofed ; and 
according to the project which I had concei- 
ved, and imparted unto her, all things were 
concluded and brought to that iffue that was 
inftantly deflred, whereupon I procured my 
laft revocation. Now here I can not choofe 

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but in making report of the principall acci- 
dents that have fallen unto me in the courfe 
of my life, but record among the reft, that 
from the very firft day I had no man more to 
friend among the Lords of the Councell, 
then was the Lord Treafurer Burleigh : for 
when occafion had beene offered of decla- 
ring his conceit as touching my fervice, he 
would alwaies tell the Queen (which I recei- 
ved from her felfe and fome other ear-witnef- 
fes) that there was not any man in England fo 
meet as my felfe to undergoe the office of the 
Secretary. And fithence his fonne, the prefent 
Lord Treafurer, hath iignified unto me in 
private conference, that when his father firft 
intended to advance him to that place, his 
purpofe was withall to make me his Col- 
league. But the cafe flood thus in my behalf: 
before fuch time as I returned from the Pro- 
vinces united, which was in the yeare 1597. 
and likewife after my returne, the then Earle 
of Effex did ufe mee fo kindly both by letters 
and meflages, and other great tokens of his 
inward favours to me, that although I had 
no meaning, but to fettle in my mind my 
cheifeft defire and dependance upon the 

Lord 






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Lord Burleigh, as one that I reputed to be 
both the beft able, and therewithall the moft 
willing to worke my advancement with the 
Queene, yet I know not how, the Earle, 
who fought by all devifes to divert her love 
and liking both from the Father and the Son 
(but from the Sonne in fpeciall) to withdraw 
my affection from the one and the other, and 
to winne mee altogether to depend upon 
himfelfe, did fo often take occafion to enter- 
taine the Queene with fome prodigall fpee- 
ches of my fufficiency for a Secretary, which 
were ever accompanied with words of dis- 
grace againft the prefent Lord Treafurer, as 
neither flie her felfe, of whofe favour before 
I was throughly affured, tooke any great 
pleafure to preferre me the fooner, (for fhe 
hated his ambition, and would give little 
countenance to any of his followers) and 
both the Lord Burleigh and his Sonne waxed 
jealous of my courfes, as if under hand I had 
beene induced by the cunning and kindneffe 
of the Earle of EJfex, to oppofe my felfe a- 
gainft their dealings. And though in very 
truth they had no folid ground at all of the 
leaft alteration in my difpofition towards ei- 
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ther of them both, (for I did greatly refpecl: 
their perfons and places, with a fetled resolu- 
tion to doe them any fervice, as alfo in my 
heart I detefted to be held of any faction 
whatfoever) yet the now Lord Treafurer, 
upon occafion of fome talke, that I have fince 
had with him, of the Earle and his actions, 
hath freely confeffed of his owne accord un- 
to me, that his daily provocations were fo bit- 
ter and fharpe againft him, and his compari- 
fons fo odious, when he put us in a ballance, 
as he thought thereupon he had very great 
reafon to ufe his beft meanes, to put any man 
out of hope of raifing his fortune, whom the 
Earle with fuch violence, to his extreame pre- 
judice, had endeavoured to dignifie. And this, 
as he affirmed, was all the motive he had to 
fet himfelfe againft me, in whatfoever might 
redound to the bettering of my eftate, or in- 
creafing of my credit and countenance with 
the Queene. When I had throughly now be- 
thought me, firft in the Earle, of the (lender 
hold-faft that he had in the favour of the 
Queene, of an endleffe oppofltion of the chei- 
feft of our Statef-men like ftill to waite upon 
him, of his perillous, and feeble, and uncertain 
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advice, afwell in his owne, as in all the caufes 
of his friends : and when moreover for my 
felfe I had fully confidered how very unto- 
wardly thefe two Counfellours were affected 
unto me, (upon whom before in cogitation I 
had framed all the fabrique of my future pro- 
fperity) how ill it did concurre with my na- 
turall difpofition, to become, or to be counted 
either a ftickler or partaker in any publique 
faction, how well I was able, by God's good 
bleffing, to live of my felfe, if I could be con- 
tent with a competent livelyhood ; how fhort 
time of further life I was then to expect by the 
common courfe of nature : when I had, I fay, 
in this manner reprefented to my thoughts 
my particular eftate, together with the Earles, 
I refolved thereupon to pofleffe my foule in 
peace all the refidue of my daies, to take my 
full farewell of State imployments, to fatisfie 
my mind with that mediocrity of worldly li- 
ving that I had of my owne, and fo to retire 
me from the Court, which was the epilogue 
and end of all my actions and endeavours of 
any important note, till I came to the age of 
fifty three. Now although after this, by her 
Majeftie's direction, I was often called to the 

Court 



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Court, by the now Lord Treasurer, then Se- 
cretary, as required by him, as alfo divers 
times fince, by order from the King, to ferve as 
Embaffadour in France ; to goe a Commiflio- 
ner from his Highneffe, for concluding the 
truce betweene Spaine and the Provinces, and 
to negotiate in other very honourable im- 
ployments, yet I would not be removed from 
my former finall refolution, infomuch as at 
length, to induce me the fooner to returne to 
the Court, I had an offer made me by the pre- 
fent Lord Treafurer (for in procefle of time 
he faw, as he himfelfe was pleafed to tell me 
more then once, that all my dealing was up- 
right, faithfull, and direct) that in cafe I my 
felfe were willing unto it, he would make me 
his aflbciate in the Secretaries office ; And to 
the intent I might beleive that he intended it 
Bond fide, he would get me out of hand to be 
fworne of the Counfell. And for the better 
enabling of my ftate to maintaine fuch a dig- 
nity, whatfoever I would aske, that might be 
fit for him to deale in, and for me to enjoy, he 
would prefently follicite the King to give it 
paffage. All which perfwafions notwith- 
standing, albeit I was often affaulted by him, 

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in regard of my yeares, and for that / felt my 
felfe fubjecT: to many indifpofitions, befides 
fome other private reafons which / referve un- 
to my felfe, / have continued ftill at home, my 
retired courfe of life, which is now methinks 
to me as the greateft preferment that the State 
can afford. Onely this / muft truly confeffe of 
my felfe, that though / did never repent me 
yet of thofe and fome other my often refufalls 
of honourable offers, in refpedT: of enriching 
my private eftate, yet fomewhat more of late / 
have blamed my felfe, & my nicety that way, 
for the love that I beare to my Reverend Mo- 
ther the Vniverfity of Oxford, and to the ad- 
vancement of her good, by fuch kind of means 
as /have since undertaken. For thus I fell to di- 
fcourfe and debate in my mind, that although 
I might find it fitteft for me, to keep out of the 
throng of Court contentions, & addreffe my 
thoughts & deeds to fuch ends altogether, as / 
my felfe could beft affecT: ; yet withall /was to 
think, that my duty towards God, the expecta- 
tion of the world, my naturall inclination, & 
very morality, did require, that I mould not 
wholly fo hide thofe little abilities that I had, 
but that in fome meafure,, in one kind or other, 

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I fliould doe the true part of a profitable mem- 
ber in the State : whereupon examining exactly 
for the reft of my life, what courfe / might take, 
and havingfought (as I thought, all the waies to 
the wood) to felect the moft proper, I conclu- 
ded at the laft to fet up my Staffe at the Library 
doore in Oxford ; being throughly perfwaded, 
that in my folitude and furceafe from the Com- 
mon-wealth affaires, I could not bufy my felfe 
to better purpofe, then by reducing that place 
(which then in every part lay ruined and waft) 
tothepubliqueufe of Students; For the effecting 
whereof, 1 found my felfe furniflied in a 
competent proportion, of fuch foure kindes of 
aides, as unleffe I had them all, there was no 
hope of good fuccefle. For without fome kinde 
of knowledge, as well in the learned and mo- 
derne tongues, as in fundry other forts of fcho- 
lafticall literature, without fbme purfe-ability 
to goe through with the charge, without very 
great ftore of honourable friends to further the 
defigne,and without fpeciall good leifure to fol- 
low fuch a worke, it could but have proved a 
vaine attempt, and inconfiderate. B ut how well 
/ have fped in all my endeavours, and how full 
provifion / have made for the benefit and eafe 

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16 The life of Sir Thomas Bodley. 

of all frequenters of the Library, that which / 
have already performed in fight, that befides 
which / have given for the maintenance of it, 
and that which hereafter / purpofe to adde, by 
way of enlargement to that place (for the pro- 
ject is caft, and whether /live or dye it fhall be, 
God willing, put in full execution) will teftifie 
fo truly and aboundantly for me, as / need not 
be the publiflier of the dignity and worth of 
mine owne Inftitution. Written with my owne 
hand Jlnno 1609. 'December the 15. 

Tho: Bodley. 

Thus farre our Noble ^Author of himfelfe. Who like to 
the Jirfi Pen-man of the facred hijiory, feemes to furvive his 
grave, and to defcribe unto us bis oivne death. For having f- 
nijhed that great ivorke ivhich future times fhall ever honour, 
never equall, he yeilded to his fate. As being unwilling the glo- 
ry of that deedjhould be deflour'd by the fuccejfion of an aft leffe 
high then it. On the 29th of January, in the yeare, 161 2. his 
pure Soule attained the freedome of its oivne divinity : leaving 
bis borrow d earth, the fad remainder of innocence and frailty, 
to be depojited in Merton Colledge : Who had the happinejje to 
call his Education hers, and to be intrujled ivith fo deare a 
Pledge of immortality. 

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